Month: May 2010

May 28, 2010

So I was at an exhibition yesterday, and saw a few people walking around with a Google logo on the sleeves of their shirts, and the following words. “Qualified Adwords Consultant” On checking today, there is, indeed, an accreditation process, to qualify people to be…

May 25, 2010

Further to my earlier comments about the various folk I’ve had quoting my kitchen, and how they don’t seem to be able to listen to what I say. As I mentioned earlier, I had a visit yesterday from yet another chap to measure up and…

May 25, 2010

In the Queen’s speech today, a new “great repeal bill” was announced, designed, amongst other things, to restore the right to protest. Meanwhile, in today’s news, anti-war protester Brian Haw was one of two people arrested by police, as they cleared the area in preparation…

May 24, 2010

Not a post about MP’s expenses, nor beach footwear. It’s about my plans for my kitchen. Ever since my boiler got moved out of the kitchen, I have been planning a kitchen refit. My first decision was whether to do it myself, after some fashion,…

May 22, 2010

I was a great fan of “Life on Mars”, but gave up on “Ashes to Ashes” very quickly. To my mind, whereas Philip Glenister’s Gene Hunt was an excellent supporting character and foil in LoM, promoting him to co-star altered the balance between drama and comedy for the worse (this is not a comment on Glenister or his acting, but the comic and caricaturic nature of his character).

However, now the final episode of AtA has aired – “which explains it all” – I was a little curious – not enought to watch the show, but sufficient to Google it.

Having done so, I have decided that I was right to pretend that the story ended with Series 2 of LoM, because if what I read is accurate, they just went and spoilt it.

Spoilers follow.

May 19, 2010

I’ve only just realised that the FlashForward character Gabriel McDow is played by James Callis, who was Gaius Baltar in Battlestar Galactica.

May 19, 2010

My radio comes on every morning with Radio 4’s Today programme. For me, it used to be essential breakfast time listening. Now, more often than not, if I hear John Humphrys’ voice, I have an urge to either turn the radio off, or throw it…

May 17, 2010

When I bought my Kodak ZI8, the first thing I thought of was how I was going to mount it. As well as being a fun thing to take with me and film things like the Gadget Show, I am planning to do some home…

May 17, 2010

When I bought my Kodak ZI8, the first thing I thought of was how I was going to mount it. As well as being a fun thing to take with me and film things like the Gadget Show, I am planning to do some home…

May 17, 2010

When I bought my FetchTV box at the Gadget Show, it came bundled with 50 pounds credit against films downloaded via Fetch’s service (I actually bought it as a cheap twin channel Freeview hard disk recorder with integral BBC iPlayer, but I am not going…

May 10, 2010

I’ve actually been home since Saturday, but didn’t get near a computer over the weekend. On Wednesday evening, I managed to catch up with an old friend, who I probably haven’t seen for 10 years or so. We went out for an excellent curry, followed…

May 5, 2010

I’ve been having a good time in Brighton. Monday and Tuesday was spent just walking around town. Both days I did about 8 miles, which for urban walking is rather good for me – I would normally do only half of that on a day out.

This actually fits in with my memories of Brighton and Hove. When I lived here, I used to walk everywhere, and thought nothing of it. Since moving away, I tend to walk a lot less, which is a major contribution to my weight. The fact of the matter is, it is easy to walk in and around Brighton and Hove, because it is all connected up with interesting stuff – unless you go out of your way to go down back streets and residential, there are no boring walks in the town

Walking along the sea front yesterday, there is a bench every 50 yards or so. Strangely, this means I am less likely to stop and take a breather, as there is always another bench not far off. And – hey presto – before you know it, you are at your destination, and you realise you haven’t stopped after all.

However, I admit that I have felt it afterwards. Last night, I was planning to go to the Brighton board game group’s Tuesday session, but I got back to my room, and couldn’t summon the energy to go out again. Not wishing to completely do myself in, I took the car out this morning and went for a drive out to Rottingdean, where I had an excellent fish lunch (baked, not in batter!). I’m meeting an old friend for dinner tonight, so I am taking an hour or so in my room to chill out, and then I am going to go out and take the bus back into town for another walk around the North Laines before going out to Hove for a curry.

The following is about the practicalities of walking for someone of my size, and may be Too Much Information for some folk, so feel free to skip it.